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friday, it’s the last harvest notes…

friday, it’s the last harvest notes…

Friday: As the harvest closes we can now take time out to eat cake! There was a chance for some sorting on Saturday and Sunday, but given perfect harvest conditions in the last few days coupled with a forecast for rain at the weekend, people have worked double-time and are aiming to finish (probably late) […]

dupes

dupes

Value, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That said, I expect the market for vintage Beaujolais is rather limited – just one guy/gal in Ohio it seems – at least when he/she wants $1,200 for said bottles. They say that there’s one born every minute (mug that is), I expect our person […]

thursday…

thursday…

Thursday: The early grapes (at least at this producer, and note that we are talking about pinot noir) were visually a little disappointing; the Beaunes the Savignys the Bourgogne – all were difficult and needed a hard triage. What remained was ripe enough but didn’t instill a sense of excitement. What came in after some […]

wednesday…

wednesday…

Wednesday: Vinotas spreads the fame of the sorting team. I had to run back to Basel – curses – but my moles (Sophie, Sally and Julia above) will keep me up-to-date on how things look. Amazingly, while Beaune and its environs remained dry, my garden recieved 30mm of rain in 36 hours – we are […]

tuesday’s summary…

tuesday’s summary…

Tuesday: is Vinotas day 5. Yesterday evening I took a tour around the grand crus of the Côte de Nuits. About 70% of the vines have already been harvested, some sections (Leroy I think) of Romanée St.Vivant and Drouhin’s Grands-Echézeaux still stand proud with their fruit. There is much less rot here than I saw […]

monday (it’s a new week…)

monday (it’s a new week…)

Monday: Never judge a book by its cover! It’s a few degrees cooler this morning – but dry – just arrived we have grapes from Corton Chaumes, 90 year old vines that have given a low (significantly sub 30hl/ha) yield – the grapes are perfect, as good as anything seen in 2005. In the picture […]

weekend rain (part 2)…

weekend rain (part 2)…

Sunday:The title is a little unfair – despite the pessimistic predictions of the forecasters – we have on-and-off rain all day, but never heavy. About 2:00pm I find myself in Chassagne loading the picked grapes from 1er Cru ‘Vergers’ onto a truck. Optically they are nothing special, about one in five bunches have some rot […]

weekend rain (part 1)…

weekend rain (part 1)…

Saturday morning and it’s raining in Beaune – we delay our trip. Actually we just stay in bed a little longer 🙂 We arrive in Beaune late afternoon and there is no rain – in fact it’s rather warm. In the evening we open lots of bottles and are all humbled (including the winemakers among […]

inclement weather & vinotas on tour…

inclement weather & vinotas on tour…

Vinotas Part 3 Unfortunately the weather prognosis is not good for the weekend. Those that were planning to harvest during the weekend are currently rethinking their plans due to a forecast of rain for Saturday and Sunday – the heaviest rain for Sunday – but then rain has been forecast several times and none has […]

harvest message from Bernard Vallet

The sun is shining ! After a month of July dry and very hot, August was quite cold and humid. September looks very interesting and will be probably the key of this vintage; the grapes seem protected by good skins , result of the July weather. We already received the first grapes that we buy […]

RIP – Henri Jayer

Not unexpected but anyway very sad news. Allen Meadows words need no addition: “It is with deep regret that I inform the board members that Henri Jayer passed away last night after a long illness. Jayer was renowned and admired the world over for his lush, seductive, well-balanced and impeccably crafted burgundies and was arguably […]

bourgogne agenda for october…

Dates for your diary in October: 14 October – “Foulée des Vendanges” Savigny-lès-Beaune. Foot-race through the vineyards. +33[0]3 80215121 21-22 October – “Paulée de la Côte Châlonnaise”, Châlon-sur-Saône and Givry (Saône-et-Loire). Harvest-home celebrations. Tel. +33[0]3 85 45 22 99 or [0]3 85 48 37 97. 21-22 October – “Coup d’oeil, coup de coeur”, Auxey-Duresses. Open-cellars […]

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